Monthly Archives: April 2014

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit

Players. I’ve been asked a few times about “added extras” for SCCM 2012 R2. Now administrators want some added benefits and help when it comes to troubleshooting issues in SCCM 2012 R2. I’ve seen some “right click tools” that offer some flexibility around  looking at clients, but they never really look at SCCM herself. Luckily MS have created some very helpful tools that can be downloaded below. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36213 The information below was written by Microsoft and can also be found on the link above.   The Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Toolkit contains fifteen downloadable tools to help you manage and troubleshoot Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. The following list provides specific information about each tool in the toolkit. Note: Items with an * are new in the R2 Toolkit and require Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager for full functionality. Server Based Tools * DP Job…

Whole Disk .WIM backup using SCCM 2012 R2

Players, Recently I needed to provide my client with a little confidence in OSD around what was possible with backups … there was some fear over users data etc … so I needed to lay down the Iron Curtain … the task was simple and yet politically complex as they needed to capture certain users entire disk drives for many uninteresting reasons… Now, we have a few options available to us when it comes to SCCM, we could use witchcraft enchantment spells called hard-link and create a state-store (USMT) that holds the data inside a folder on the C Drive. Or we could summon the powers of the State Migration Points and keep data in users profiles for a certain period of time in hardware replacement scenarios. But what if all you need is to capture everything in one go? Easy, here’s how and it will take you about 10 minutes to set…

SCCM 2012 R2 CU1 – posh gotchas

Hi all, Today I’m going to talk about few gotchas I learned the hard way with the CU1 update. I always try to updates lab as soon as possible once an update is out, and this time was not different, once the update was out, updated the servers, all clients and also all remote consoles but before I had read the http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2938441 as well as http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2932274 (this is info about the posh update) unfortunately I did not noticed this Wildcard characters are not supported in queries And you may be asking yourself, when did I found out this? Well…during the 1st thedesktopteam workshop..and I have to say, not a nice place to find out things have changed During the workshop I tried to remove the updated console hotfix but did not work (maybe a fully removal of the console and reinstall action only of the R2 only will work but…

Windows 8.1 Update 1. Top 10 things you need to know

A moment of silence please. Windows XP is dead. Please pull a sad face … Anyway, Windows 8.1 Update 1 is here! So, here is my top 10 things you need to know, about the new update. 1. Its free. For Windows 8.1 users, you can download it from here http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/download-shop 2. Booting to the desktop (its not new) is now easier! If you are using a PC without a touch screen you can now boot to your desktop by default! Finally right? But if you have touch screen what then? Well Microsoft now makes it easier (somewhat) to boot straight to your desktop via the Taskbar and Navigation properties. (Right click on your taskbar and select properties) 3. The Power and Search buttons are finally visible! Like many others, it took me a while to get to grips with where to find things at first, mainly … how to turn…